Diversity in vocations

The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, more commonly known by its acronym CARA, has kept a close eye on the trends in seminary formation and those entering religious life for many years. As the Church in the United States grows

Finding the East in Easter

The Resurrection is arguably the central tenet of Christianity. It’s what’s most important. Jesus died, and he rose again. Pretty simple. Pretty straightforward. Pretty easy to understand (if not to digest). Or that’s what I thought before I embarked on a Lenten

Race, the Church and America

As nearly 100 men marched on Aug. 11 through the campus of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, the flickering tiki torches illuminated not only a newly confident movement committed to white supremacy, who chanted “You will not replace us,” and “Jews

Fitness: Vanity, Vice or Virtue?

Did you know that fitness and leading a healthy lifestyle provides us with great opportunities for virtue? It’s true. And, in fact, it’s my opinion that fitness is one of the most under-utilized opportunities we have to witness to the Faith. God

Listening to young leaders in the Church

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announced Jan. 25 that three young adults would represent the United States at the pre-synod gathering to be held in Rome from March 19-25. This gathering is an opportunity for the Vatican to hear directly from

Making the most of Lent

The season of Lent is special for Catholics. It is a time of preparation for the great feast of Easter, the annual celebration of Christ’s resurrection. Historically, the season can trace its roots and penitential nature to the period of preparation of

Realities of the Digital Age: Smart Phones

More than a decade after the first iPhone was introduced to the public, smartphones have become present almost everywhere in American life. At work, school — even the dinner table; and through all hours of the day, the technology has become integrated

New year, new habit: Read your Bible

Many people avoid reading the Bible because it is lengthy, its contents can be difficult to understand and — let’s be honest — a regular reading of the Bible requires a certain amount of discipline and commitment. Yet, we proclaim it during

Planning and understanding the Catholic funeral

Many people who attend a Catholic funeral for the first time will often remark how beautiful it is. Steeped in centuries-old custom and ritual as Catholic funeral rites are, that’s understandable. But the most important aspect about Catholic funerals is that they

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